Travel Security

"It is better to travel well than to arrive." --Buddha

Whether you travel for business or for pleasure, go abroad or stay domestic, stay safe by following these tips.
Preparing for Your Travels
Whether you're planning a visit to the Carolinas, or booking that long-awaited escape to the Caribbean, keep yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings back home safe by following these simple steps.
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  • Before leaving for an extended period of time, consider stopping paper or mail delivery to your home, or having a trusted friend or neighbor retrieve them for you while you are away.
  • Lighting is one of the least expensive ways to protect your property. Consider using photoelectric cells or timers for lights and other electronic devices when out of town to give the impression that someone is home at different times throughout the day and night.
  • Don’t broadcast your plans to others, especially if you are traveling alone. Communicate with trusted friends, family and coworkers about where you’ll be staying in case of an emergency and check back in with them to let them know you’re safe.
  • Let Manassas City Police Department know when you plan to leave for an extended period of time so that officers can check on your house while you’re away. Submit a Vacation Check Request form online.
Do Your Homework Before Heading Abroad
It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with local crime statistics and your accommodations before you travel anywhere, but doing your homework is even more pertinent before traveling abroad.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs, crime statistics, your accommodations, local emergency numbers, and how to work the telephone systems. Even learning how to translate the words "help" or "police" can come in handy if you find yourself in need of assistance.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of State online for important travel alerts, travel tips, passport and visa information, and resources to help children and families stay safe while abroad - and even in a crisis.
  • Sign up for the U.S. Department of State's free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and receive the latest travel updates and information.
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Returning Home
Back already? Before you unpack, make sure what you're returning to is a safe home.

When returning home, be cautious. If you see anything out of the ordinary, go to a trusted neighbor's house and call the Police. Let the Police investigate by calling the non-emergency number at 703-257-8000 and requesting Officer assistance. If you are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

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